In a leaked memo, Elon Musk sent every employee in Tesla his six rules for productivity

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1. Leave a meeting if you are not contributing

Walk out of a meeting or hang up the phone the moment you realize you are not contributing.
If you are not adding value get the hell out of there. It is not rude to leave, it is rude to waste other people’s time.

2. Avoid large meetings.
The smaller the meeting, the more productive it will be. Don't just go to a meet to nod or fill empty seats.
Anyone who doesn’t need to be there is wasting their time and will ultimately waste everyone else’s time.

3. Communicate directly, irrespective of hierarchy.
"Any manager who attempts to enforce communication through the chain of command will find themselves working elsewhere"
Communicate through paths that will get the job done, forget the "chain of command"

4. Quit using nonsense words and technical jargon.
Don’t use acronyms for objects, software or processes at Tesla.
In general, anything requiring an explanation inhibits communication.
We don’t want people to have to memorize a glossary just to function at Tesla.

5. Ditch frequent meetings
Get rid of regular meetings, unless you are dealing with an extremely urgent matter.
Meeting frequency should drop rapidly once the urgent matter is resolved.
Time is too precious and scarce to be spent sitting around a meeting desk.

6. Always pick common sense as your guide.
If following a 'company rule' is obviously ridiculous in a particular situation, then the rule should change.
One way to build a common sense culture is to play "Kill a Stupid Rule." It's easy.